Feed and Hardware Store Cancels Notoriously Cruel Elephant Exhibitor’s Visit

After the suffering elephant Nosey was scheduled to give rides at Pettigrew Feed & Hardware in Edinburg Township, Ohio, PETA sent a letter to the store’s president explaining that the animal’s notorious exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, has been cited for nearly 200 animal-welfare violations, most of which have been related to mistreatment. The president quickly canceled the event, noting that he was “appalled” by the information and “misled” about the appearance.

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